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What is your view of 'Freedom of the Press' in 2017?

It is critical to our freedom
It sometimes does more harm than good
It's a mixed bag--let me explain

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1. Patricia Pomerleau CEOExpressSelect Member
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     (5/22/2017 9:29:37 PM)
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Freedom of the press in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. This amendment is generally understood to prevent the government from interfering with the distribution of information and opinions.

    Amendment I: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

There will always be muckrakers, they've been around since Adams vs. Jefferson in 1796 and there are plenty at play today. In simpler times, reporters turned a blind eye to things like FDR's polio and JFK's dalliances but that ship has sailed. Today's 24/7 reporting fueled by social media never stops. U.S. citizens need to be more vigilant than ever about what they choose to believe. It is good to remember these words from our esteemed late CBS News colleague Walter Cronkite, "freedom of the press is not just important to democracy, it is democracy."

However, today, what is "freedom of the press?" Mainstream press? Blogs? Tweets? Facebook?

What is your view of Freedom of the Press in 2017?

  • Where do you get your news?
  • Do you think mainstream press provides factual information?
  • Do you believe that Tweets such as those the president post add or subtracts from news?
  • Do you think that freedom of the press is critical to the fabric of the US?
  • Do you use social media?
  • Do you believe the press is fair or unfair to Donald Trump?

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2. Tams Bixby CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/22/2017 11:32:05 PM)
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It's integral to both a viable Republic and a viable Democracy.

The Press (i.e. the MSM) is the watchdog FOR THE PEOPLE on the Government. It's their (the MSM) job to report what the government is doing on a regular & daily basis so the People can go about their own jobs and their own lives without having to do double duty.

That Press at least SHOULD report what they see and find the government doing in a fair, balanced and unbiased manner. That means NO SPIN, just the facts ala "Sargent Joe Friday".

Without such fair, balanced and unbiased coverage the government is free to do as they please for their/it's own benefit rather than for the benefit of the people whom that government is supposedly their to serve and protect.


And in case anyone is wondering, my view of the Press's job is that said Press's job hasn't changed since the Constitution was written and therefore the same it's always been (in this country at least).

Yes, due to changes in management style and a greater and greater emphasis on PROFIT, that job is getting harder and harder to do because less and less time, money and personnel are being allocated to it but that lessening of resources hasn't done a whit to change the basic tenants of what that job is and will forever remain.

3. Patricia Pomerleau CEOExpressSelect Member
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     (5/23/2017 12:37:58 AM)
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Tams, do you think that the press has given Trump fair coverage? Clearly Trump doesn't think so.

I count on the Washington Post and the NYTimes to provide my most solid news coverage and CNN for ongoing during-the-day news. What's your news source of choice?

4. D Robb
     (5/23/2017 1:44:20 AM)
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I totally agree that a free press is absolutely essential to our democracy. I regret that there no longer appears to be a clear differentiation between news pieces and opinion pieces. There has always been the problem that media can slant their coverage just by the selection of the news they choose to report. That is what made Fox so popular. However, even if the media attempted to be fair and balanced (they don’t) consumers can choose the media that supports their point of view rather than seek to get multiple points of view from foreign newspapers. Because, like it or not, alternative facts don’t exist, but multiple interpretations of the same event do. For example, I share Patricia’s interpretation of Melania slapping the Orange one’s hand away, but there is the possibility that she is more conscious of social mores and didn’t think it appropriate in a Muslim country for a married couple to hold hands. (It is appropriate, as we saw for President Bush to hold hands with a Saudi prince.)
Americans are especially susceptible to a lack of understanding and appreciation of foreign points of view because we don’t have the daily contact with ‘foreigners’ that, for example, most European countries do. Similarly, there has been the backlash in the US to being politically correct. Instead of accepting the reality that most polite people avoid subjects and opinions that might antagonize their guests, we seem to now delight in finding things to say that will offend others, and it appears to be worsening.

5. Scott Walker
     (5/23/2017 1:52:11 AM)
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Freedom of the press is needed; however, truthful, factual, and trusting reporting must be always present, never fake news ever.

6. Scott Walker
     (5/23/2017 1:59:38 AM)
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Where do you get your news? Reading mostly no liberal sites

Do you think mainstream press provides factual information? They mostly provide 1/2 the story to sound truthful, most of the time it's the wrong message.

Do you believe that Tweets such as those the president post add or subtracts from news? Until truthful reporting it's the only way the Presidents message can get out.

Do you think that freedom of the press is critical to the fabric of the US? Critical.

Do you use social media? Little

Do you believe the press is fair or unfair to Donald Trump? Mostly No, trust the future will change to mostly Yes.

7. D Robb
     (5/23/2017 2:11:09 AM)
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To paraphrase Harry Truman, trump should stop whining and get out of the kitchen if he can't stand the heat.
I like the NYT, WP, CSM, USA Today, Jerusalem Post, and BBC, as well as CNN and MSNBC. (I will admit to being a Morning Joe addict.

8. Jeff B CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2017 6:25:45 AM)
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Post War Fedora Press Pass -

Journalism during that time was very specifically guided by: Who?, What?, When?, Where?, How?, and Whys [whys subject to opinions].

Well written AND spoken was key criteria. Those who were had an aesthetic the public grew comfortable with and the public considered them [after proving themselves trustworthy] as well respected.

Editors offered NO slack regarding unkempt articles. Strict / Particular / and Organized...

Do you trust the media? I don't.

Control of information = control of the masses.

Interested parties of 1. exploration 2. commerce and 3. organized religion are also purveyors of 'control of the masses'.

I have heard the large sucking sound on my wallet. How about you?

9. Thomas C CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2017 6:35:35 AM)
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Wow! My favorite topic!

The problem with the MSM is what they don't report on.

I.e. Right now I'm watching Morning Joe, the other stations are broadcasting news about a terrible terrorist attack, and the President at the Israeli Holocaust ceremony.

MIka & her fiancé are foaming at the mouth about obstruction of justice as if nothing is going on in the world.

It's a myopic agenda. You will never see a clip of The President advocating for the middle class, yet he talks about the forgotten man, all the time.

10. Jeff B CEOExpressSelect Member
     (5/23/2017 6:39:01 AM)
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While the Western Wall - or - Wailing Wall has underpinnings of distress and appreciation for the Israelis regarding the Holocaust, I discovered it is much, much older and significant in other areas of their history and belief systems.

Closely guarded and well maintained it seems like the Wall cries with you.
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